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Through dynamic and engaging volunteer opportunities, Mattel is able to channel the passion of its people and rich corporate culture to build unique and lasting experiences and impactful social giving that changes lives and showcases the incredible power that play can bring to make a meaningful difference.

In 2005, Mattel and Special Olympics formed a partnership that, in a very short time, has shown what it truly means to “Play Together!” The foundation of this partnership is centered on making a positive impact in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It has ignited an inspiring global volunteer effort for both the company and the organization. Today, Team Mattel is the largest global team of corporate volunteers in Special Olympics history. Since 2005, more than 8,500 Mattel employees in 35 countries have volunteered at hundreds of local, national and global events, making Special Olympics the first “global volunteer experience” for Mattel.

This summer, Mattel is taking the power of play to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens. Mattel has created a dream team of volunteers comprised of 50 employees selected from Mattel locations across 20 countries. Team Mattel will meet in Athens as the largest global volunteer team at the games, bringing with them the spirit of play and the inspiration to make a meaningful difference.

Mattel understands the power of play, and as part of the company’s partnership with Special Olympics two new programs were created with children in mind.

So Get Into It

SO GET INTO IT is a K-12 school-based set of resources designed to help children learn acceptance through interaction with others to make a difference. Funding from the Mattel Children's Foundation has in part expanded the program into more than 14,700 mainstream and special education schools, in more than 85 countries/195 programs impacting the lives of approximately 641,000 children.

Young Atheletes

THE YOUNG ATHLETES program engages with youth ages two through seven with intellectual disabilities and their families in age-appropriate play activities. More than 18,000 youth and 30,000 family members in more than 66 countries/119 programs have participated in the program with funding from the Mattel Children's Foundation.

Mattel’s support of people with disabilities also extends to its corporate workforce. For many years Mattel has had in place a program at its headquarters mailroom that employs adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. The program has grown to more than 50 employees, and expanded to include the night time janitorial services team. Mattel is one of the largest single-location employers of people with disabilities in California. Learn more about Mattel’s program in the video on this page.

Resource Links:

  • View Mattel's newly-published 2010 Philanthropy Report
  • Learn about Mattel’s philanthropy programs and employee volunteer activities
  • Learn how Mattel was honored for its commitment to people with disabilities with the 2010 Corporate Excellence Award by Equip for Equality at the organizations 25th anniversary celebration in Chicago Read Full Release.
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